Sr. Bernadette, from Detroit, Michigan, came to the Glenmary Sisters in 1945 at the age of 23. Being very new to the community she was assigned to preparing the meals for the priests, brothers, and sisters. Never cooking at home, this could have presented itself to be her first challenge. Her first week went by and as meals were finishing, she was called in to see Fr. Bishop. Father inquired as to whether she had ever cooked before. She responded that “due to things being so tight at home all I did was watch Momma and Grandmother do the cooking.” At this time, Father had to tell her that her meals this week were excellent!
Joining the community with bookkeeping skills, she was the first Treasurer-General of the community.
Being very active in community and pastoral work, she served in Kentucky, Virginia, and our Texas missions. Sr. Bernadette became an advocate for the Spanish-speaking community while serving in Texas. In order to aid with the language barrier, Sister was sent to Cuernavaca, Mexico to study Spanish. She worked to help the community obtain justice in job-related disputes and court cases. For her outstanding work in the Texas community, Sr. Bernadette was awarded Titus County’s Woman of the Year Award.
After spending 15 years in Guthrie, Kentucky, Sr. Bernadette retired to the Mother House in Owensboro, Ky. Since retiring, she celebrated her 70th Jubilee in 2015. Sister spends her time in prayer for our mission needs. She loves working word find puzzles and the daily SUDOKU puzzle in the morning paper and also playing cards with her Sisters.